Solar Balloon” Farms Could be the Future of Energy

Imagine if your home was powered by solar balloons that sat above the clouds. Scientists at the Japanese-French Laboratory for Next Generation Photovolatic Cells (NextPV) are aiming to do just that. Solar cells’ efficiency relies on the proximity of the cells to sunlight. Even if the cells are put directly in the path of sunlight, their efficiency is affected significantly by clouds or terrible weather. On a cloudy day, solar panels can produce less than 30% of the electricity they are design...
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HeLi-on packable solar panel

The infinityPV HeLi-on is the world's most compact solar charger. It fits into your pocket, and the solar panel can be rolled out when needed. Inside HeLi-on there is a powerful printed solar panel and a battery, so it can both generate and store energy. The HeLi-on charger combines three key components into a single product. A large energy collecting solar panel, an energy storage battery bank, and efficient electronics. All features are combined in a slick and light design for convenience. HeL...
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Vortex – Bladeless Wind Turbines

A Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless is proposing a radical new way to generate wind energy .Their idea is the Vortex, a bladeless wind turbine that looks like a giant rolled joint shooting into the sky. The Vortex has the same goals as conventional wind turbines, to turn breeze into kinetic energy that can be used as electricity but it goes about it in an entirely different way. When wind passes one of the cylindrical turbines, it shears off the downwind side of the cylinder in a spinning ...
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Hand-powered Circo dishwasher

Chen Levin has designed a small dishwasher powered by human kinetic energy that can fit in even the smallest of spaces. It is estimated that 75 percent of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050. While this urbanization presents great opportunities, it will be an enormous challenge to ensure that energy and space is distributed efficiently and equitably for who will call the city their home. This Independent dishwasher will hopefully help meet the demands of a dense urban future. ...
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Drive-by heat mapping

Technology that can scan large areas to find which buildings are leaking heat and wasting energy. The latest news from MIT is regarding Essess bringing “drive-by” innovations to energy efficiency in homes and businesses. Over the past few years, Essess Inc. has deployed cars mounted with imaging sensors to drive around the U.S. creating heat maps that show which homes aren’t sealed properly, wasting energy and their owners’ money. The startup deploys cars with thermal-imaging rooftop rigs tha...
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Genetic link to depression.

Scientists discover two gene variations linked to the condition Depression which can run in families and be in the genes. While it has long been known that the condition can run in families, researchers have struggled to find any DNA mutations linked to it, despite analyzing more than 9,000 cases. This had led to debate over whether people inherited a susceptibility to the illness or if another factor, such as the environment was the true culprit. Studies on severe depression within families hav...
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Lasers could rapidly make materials hotter than the Sun.

Lasers could heat materials to temperatures hotter than the centre of the Sun in only 20 quadrillionths of a second, according to new research that could revolutionise energy production. Physicists from Imperial College London have devised an extremely rapid heating mechanism that they believe could heat certain materials to ten million degrees in much less than a million millionth of a second. The method, proposed for the first time, could be relevant to new avenues of research in thermonuclear...
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SlingShot: Quest to solve the world’s safe water crisis.

Kamen's SlingShot (so-named after the Biblical David & Goliath story) device is an energy-efficient "vapor compression distiller," and one possible answer to the safe water crisis. The SlingShot is designed to take virtually any unfit source of water, such as contaminated well water or seawater, and turn it into clean water, without requiring a filter (which regularly need to be replaced) or using any chemical additives (which have to be purchased). The device does use combustible fuel to po...
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An inside look at the Big Bang.

The Large Hadron Collider began its second run of experiments in June after a two-year hiatus from being the world’s largest particle accelerator. And the results are promising, achieving the highest energy ever achieved in a laboratory by colliding subatomic particles at 13 teraelectronvolts (TeV), physicists hope that these high-energy collisions may produce entirely new particles and simulate conditions seen in the early universe, according to an MIT statement.Soon to be published in Physics ...
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Intelligent, Energy-Saving Mug

The green mug is a refrigerated and insulated mug which is powered by absorbing the heat radiated by the water/ beverage. New Green Smart Glass is intended to make getting the perfect cup of coffee both easier and more eco-friendly. Chengzhu has created the Green Smart Glass which is a refrigerated and insulated mug which is powered by absorbing the heat radiated by the water/ beverage itself. Generally we do not drink hot coffee until it becomes cooler so there will be loss of heat. ...
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MIT invents ‘breakthrough’ 3D printer that can print 10 different materials simultaneously

Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have made a breakthrough in the field of 3D printing, developing a 3D printer prototype that is able to print up to 10 different materials simultaneously onto a single object. Delivering resolution at 40 microns or less than half the width of a human hair, the “MultiFab” system is the first 3-D printer to use 3-D-scanning techniques from machine vision, which offers two key advantages in accuracy and conven...
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Underwater kite-turbine scheme

A £25m tidal energy project which works through moving "kites" underwater is being launched on Anglesey. Swedish firm Minesto wants to harness power under the sea off the coast of Holyhead. It will set up its UK offices there and hopes to become a manufacturing centre, creating more jobs there. The so-called Deep Green technology works on the principle that underwater "kites" can reach speeds 10 times faster than the current. This works in the same way a kite flies faster than the wind, and t...
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Manmade Tidal Lagoon could change the future of clean energy.

The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will be the world’s first ever plant to generate electricity using its own novel method. Should it prove successful, the plant’s template could be adopted worldwide as a way of generating green power while simultaneously providing sea wall protection to coastal communities. Just outside the Welsh city of Swansea, the U.K. is planning one of the most innovative power plants ever constructed. It’s not the plant’s size that is striking, though it could ultimately pro...
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The plan to store wind energy in giant underwater air bubbles.

A novel plan has been created to store wind energy in compressed air inside giant balloons deep underwater, displacing highly pressurized deep sea water.  It's a controversial compressed air underwater cave energy project in Northern Ireland. A project to compress air into caverns under the seabed will be used, along with gas, to run turbines when the wind does not blow. The search for new ways to produce energy are often complicated and controversial but weather is annoyingly fickle, and so ...
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USF team’s invention turns waste into clean water, energy and fertilizers.

The NEWgenerator converts waste into nutrient fertilizers, renewable energy, and clean water, providing a modular and self-sustaining machine that operates completely off-grid (no water, power or sewer system required). Dr. Daniel Yeh and the creators of the NEWgenerator, will see their device head to India later this month. This invention that got its start in a University of South Florida lab could be a game-changer for developing countries “It’s a resource recovery machine,” said Dr. Danie...
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Nature inspires first artificial molecular pump

The first artificial molecular pump that uses non-equilibrium chemistry was developed by a team of Northwestern scientists, in which molecules pump other molecules. This tiny machine is no small feat. The pump one day might be used to power other molecular machines, such as artificial muscles. The new machine mimics the pumping mechanism of life-sustaining proteins that move small molecules around living cells to metabolize and store energy from food. For its food, the artificial pump draws p...
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The Reveeco EcoVéa recycling shower

Possibly the world’s most intelligent shower, EcoVéa recycles water within your shower to push the limits of water conservation. The EcoVéa is a revolutionary ecological shower system that provides considerable water and energy savings, whatever the length, flow, or temperature of the shower. You can now enjoy long, comfortable, guilt-free showers. Promising a savings of up to 80% on both water and energy, the Ecovea system recycles water for immediate reuse, letting you shower in a sort of g...
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Energy Harvesting Soccer Ball

New soccer ball, called the sOccet ball, generates enough energy to light up a home. This invention was developed by four students from Harvard University in partnership with the Laboratory at Harvard Think-Tank; it's a soccer ball which they call the sOccet that generates electricity from normal kicking during game play. The ball has a built-in inductive coil that collects kinetic energy. After about 15 minutes of kicking the ball around it will produce enough electricity to charge LED li...
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BAT: The floating balloon Wind Turbine

Altaeros Energies is aiming high with new heights for wind energy. The company, led by Ben Glass, has created a new invention with the help of balloon and airship technology to lift a wind turbine. Their novel Buoyant Airborne Turbine--the BAT--is a balloon that lifts a wind turbine. Most wind turbine manufacturers are competing to build taller turbines to harness more powerful winds above 500 feet, or 150 meters. The Altaeros BAT can reach 2,000 feet, or 600 meters. At this altitude, w...
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Powermat: The Wireless Charger

Wireless charging is already here. Though most individuals connect their phones to a wired charger, the charging landscape may soon change as companies such as Powermat Technologies Ltd., a developer of wireless power solutions for consumers, act as pioneers in the field. Wireless power, also known as inductive coupling and is based on magnets. The Powermat, is the first, perhaps, of many wireless chargers for hi tech gadgets. How does it work? You simply place your gadget on the mat to ch...
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Skyscraper Uses Built-In Wind Turbines for Energy

Bahrain is the home of the first skyscraper to have wind turbines integrated into the structure of the building. The Bahrain World Trade Center is a 50-story twin tower complex containing two identical towers that rise over 240 meters in height. The sail-shaped buildings offer a visually striking image and boasts of one its very unique feature which is the 3 giant wind turbines tying the two “sails” together. It is the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its desig...
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New Plant-Based Insulation Created

Plant-based, natural building materials have the potential to boost energy savings for homeowners. Over a three-year period, University of North Texas researchers developed and tested a low-cost process to prepare kenaf, a plant in the hibiscus family that is similar to bamboo, for use as a building material; specifically, kenaf is used to create structured insulated panel building materials. Scientists worldwide are turning to plants as a resource for biodegradable, renewable and environm...
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